A flurry of new faces will be featuring for both Burnley and Chelsea when the sides contest the final match of the Premier League’s opening weekend this evening.
The pair sourced a total of 11 players ahead of the coming campaign, but which is most likely to prosper if handed a debut?
Diego Costa – a £32m acquisition from Atletico Madrid – will almost certainly be handed his Blues bow at Turf Moor and has assumed 11/4 favouritism to open the scoring.
The Brazilian-born Spanish international has plenty to prove this term, with several detractors questioning his ability to replicate last season’s goalscoring heroics (which is, indeed, his only gluttonous campaign to date) in foreign climes.
Albeit against massively inferior attacks, Sean Dyche’s men conceded a meagre 14 times on home soil last term, which was enough to see the title of meanest home defence in the Football League bestowed upon them.
If they don’t stray far from the frugal measures that served them so well last term, Costa could have a hard time justifying his first-scorer favouritism.
It’s not just Chelsea who’ve been accruing new assets to augment their goal-getting artillery though, oh no.
The Clarets paid £2.5m to sign Lukas Jutkiewicz from Middlesbrough and, after notching five goals in pre-season for his new team, he can be backed at 19/2 to pick the deadlock.
With just one goal in 22 for Boro last time around before going on loan to Bolton, however, it’s unlikely he’s got the know-how to breach a Blues backline that shipped a league-low 16 strikes last time around.
Cesc Fabregas returns to the Premier League fray at Turf Moor too, rating at 5/1 to notch first.
The Spanish orchestrator, though, found the net just twice on the road during his final season at Arsenal before moving to Barcelona so he too should be overlooked.
Despite not being signed this summer, Thibaut Courtois is also in line to debut for the west Londoners in this one and is on offer at 17/20 to keep a clean sheet.
Playing behind the aforementioned finest road defence in the land alone makes this excellent value, throwing in the 20 shutouts he oversaw in La Liga for Atletico Madrid last term is overkill.
These two factors suggest it’s the Belgian net minder, not any of the new attackers, who is going to flourish on debut.